On the other side of the field, a struggling Tigers offense showed flashes of improvement in Camden Yards. Though Detroit scored in just seven of the 27 total innings, the offense put up multiple runs in five of those innings and scored during important stretches of each game. Detroit struggled for seven innings against Norris before Kinsler's timely home run in the eighth inning gave the bullpen some breathing room in game one. On the following night, a four-run ninth was the most dramatic display of power from the Tigers this season. On Wednesday, tack-on runs in the fifth and sixth innings helped the bullpen hang on by a thread and earn the sweep.
Martinez continued to set the pace for Detroit, picking up two hits in each game and raising his batting average to an AL-best .336. The 35-year-old also leads the elite offense in home runs, on base percentage and slugging percentage. Martinez is hitting 125 points better than a year ago, when his average fell to .211. He is already approaching last season's home run total of 14.
Cabrera also had a productive series, hitting .333 (4/12) with seven RBI. Despite a slow start, the two-time MVP is second in the AL in RBI behind Jose Abreu with 35.
Teammate Kinsler added four RBI and three runs in Baltimore while recording his team-leading 46th hit.
Though the team picked up three wins during the trip, two of the Tiger starters are happy that Baltimore is behind them. Austin Jackson and Nick Castellanos struggled in the middle of the lineup, hitting a combined 0-17 in the three games. Jackson's hitless performance came after he entered Monday on a nine-game hitting streak. His average fell from .301 to .276 during the stretch.
Danny Worth is silently making a strong case for the starting shortstop position amid the struggles of offensively-challenged youngster Andrew Romine. Romine failed to reach base during the first two games of the series, going 0-7 with two strikeouts. Worth got a chance on Wednesday and picked up two hits, two RBI and a run to raise his average to .286 on the season. Worth has double the number of RBI (5) than Romine (2) despite playing in just nine games. Romine has only one extra-base hit in 26 games this season, a double against the Twins on April 25.
In 2013 the Tigers featured a similar combination of lights-out pitching and explosive hitting, but the 2014 team brings the added threat of speed to the ballpark. Detroit stole five bases off of the Oriole pitchers, giving Detroit the most stolen bases in the AL and tying the team's total from all 162 games last season (35). Davis is leading the charge with his 13 steals, but Jackson has been more willing to run as well, swiping six bags thus far.
Detroit maintained its lead in the MLB standings, leading the San Francisco Giants by percentage points and the Oakland Athletics by 1.5 games in the AL. The Tigers are running away with the AL Central Division, leading the Royals by six games and the 2013 playoff participant Cleveland Indians by 7.5 games.
The Tigers will travel to Boston on Friday night to continue the nine-game road trip, seeking revenge for last season's ALCS loss.